Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 10, 2012) --- Jordan Elliott pitched seven strong innings, the bullpen tossed two shutout frames and Aaron Nardone had a two-run single to lead Delaware State to a 4-1 win over Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opener for each team at Marty Miller Field this afternoon.
The Hornets won their second straight game to improve to 8-6 overall this season. Norfolk State dropped to 1-10.
Elliott (2-1) allowed a run on five hits, while striking out five and walking one to earn the win. He left the game after allowing a lead-off double in the eighth inning with the Hornets ahead 4-1. He was relieved by Tommy Dill, who allowed a walk to the next batter; but retired the next three in order to get out of the jam.
Chad Sturgeon struck out the side in the Norfolk State ninth to record his third save of the season.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Troy Drummond led off the game with a walk. He was sacrificed to second by Scott Davis and came around to score on a one-out double by Cameron Cecil.
The Hornets scored two in the third inning to open up a 3-0 lead. The rally began when Cecil was walked with two out and bases loaded. The next batter, Ryan Haas, singled to right and Eddie Sorondo followed with an infield single to load the bases. Nardone then slapped a single to left center to score Cecil and Haas to give DSU a three-run lead.
Norfolk State answered with a run in the bottom of the third on a two-out double by James Taylor.
Delaware State closed out the scoring with a run in the fourth. JP Frey singled to lead off the inning. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Peter Broehl and reached third on a single by Drummond. Frey came in to score the Hornets' fourth run on a throwing error by Norfolk State catcher Chris Warren on a steal by Drummond.
Hornet pitching allowed just three Norfolk State hits in the last six innings. DSU retired the Spartans in order in the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings.
Cecil, Haas, Sorondo and Frey had two hits each for Delaware State. The Hornets collected 11 hits in the contest. Sorondo has six hits and six RBI in his last eight at bats, and is batting .462 (12-for-26) this season.
Cecil, normally a catcher, played the entire game at third base for DSU. He handled three chances without an error in the contest.
The Hornets and Spartans will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.